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Suspension of the execution of a woman in Sanandaj Central Prison

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Human Rights in Iran – Monday, October 19, 2020 / The execution of Zeinab Khodamradi, a prisoner accused of murder, was suspended in Sanandaj Central Prison.

According to Human Rights in Iran, on Sunday, 18th (2020), Zeinab Khodamradi, born in 1978, a resident of Qorveh, in Kurdistan Province, charged with premeditated murder and held in solitary confinement in Sanandaj Central Prison, was returned to the women’s ward in this prison, after receiving a 45-day deadline and suspending the death sentence to provide the blood money.

“The execution of Zeinab Khodamradi was postponed for 45 days. Now, the family of Zeinab Khodamradi must pay the amount of 700 million Tomans of blood money specified by the plaintiffs in 45 days,” according to Iran Human Rights (IHR) Organization.

An informed source had previously stated: ” Zeinab Khodamradi has been in prison for 5 years and has been sentenced to death for the murder of her two children, one of whom was her own child and the other her husband’s first wife. Zeinab had a mental illness and was hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital before committing the murder, and the hospital did not want to release her. But with the consent of her husband, she was released from the hospital, and after being released from hospital, she committed these murders.”

Zeinab Khodamradi was transferred from the women’s ward of Sanandaj Central Prison to solitary confinement in the same prison on October 15th (2020), to be executed.

According to the annual report by Amnesty International in 2019, the Iranian government executed at least 251 people. At least 4 of those executed were under the age of 18 at the time of crime. However due to the lack of transparency of the authorities, it is difficult to find out the actual number of executions in this country and it may be much higher than the announced figures.

Considering the international instrument of human rights and also the Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, no one should be treated in a manner that causes their degradation and humiliation.

On February 18, 2020, Amnesty International released a report describing human rights abuses in Iran, in which issued a report on the issuance and enforcement of death sentences: International human rights law allows acts involving same-sex sexual intercourse with reciprocal consent and extramarital sex; muharebeh (enmity against God), spreading corruption on earth, insulting Mohammed the prophet and fighting against Islamic State are crime titles punishment of which is execution and hanging while there is no vague definition for them, yet.

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